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Jon Amon • Saxophone
Jon Amon, saxophone, earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004. He subsequently studied saxophone at the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt in France and completed a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory. He has appeared nationally as a soloist and chamber musician, at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and at the 2006 World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is an active performer in the Boston area, with a particular interest in contemporary music. His previous teaching positions include grade 7-12 instrumental music director in the St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin public schools, private woodwind instructor in the Arlington school district, and interim instructor of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Mr. Amon currently maintains his own studio of woodwind students in the Boston area and is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at Boston University.
Glorivy Arroyo • Voice and Piano
Glorivy Arroyo, voice and piano, received her Bachelor's degree from Stetson University and her Master's degree from New England Conservatory with an emphasis on Vocal Performance. She has gone on to work alongside world-renowned artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Keith Lockhart, Peter Sellars, and Ewa Podles in performances with opera companies across the United States. Maintaining an active performance schedule, she has been featured in Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning programs, and serves as co-founder, host and headliner for both Opera Boston Underground (BEST OF BOSTON winner in 2008) and Tertulia 21, a new concert series that brings classical vocal music to unconventional venues on a mission to attract new and young audiences. In addition to teaching with IMSCC, Ms. Arroyo is currently on the faculty of The Real School of Music in Burlington, and maintains a teaching studio in Jamaica Plain.
Jane Bailey • Clarinet
Jane Bailey, clarinet, is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Hartt College of Music. She has studied with Manuel Valerio, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Stanley Hasty, Eastman School of Music, among others. A Concord native, she has lived in Germany, Georgia and Connecticut, where she taught and performed on the clarinet before returning home. In addition to teaching clarinet and saxophone, she has taught classroom and instrumental music, directing bands, orchestras and choruses. She has played in numerous orchestras, concert and marching bands, pit orchestras and small ensembles, currently playing in the Concord Orchestra and Symphony Pro Musica.
Todd Brunel • Clarinet
Todd Brunel, clarinet, is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and music creator who has distinguished himself as a champion of stylistically diverse musical genres. He is a member of several ensembles including Musaner, the Nafan Quintet, the Eric Hofbauer Quintet, the Circadian Rhythm Kings, the Dylan Jack Quartet, the Cassino Art Ensemble and the David Haas Quartet. He has been a frequent guest artist at hundreds of church parish halls, concert halls, library concert series, nightclubs, colleges and universities around the United States and Europe. He can be heard on several PBS documentaries and film sound tracks including Paul Robeson, Here I Stand, The Battle of Chosen, One Cut One Life, Dark On and the comedy, Uncle Nick starring Brian Posehn. He has collaborated with such groups as ALEA III, the Bulgarian Virtuosi, Music at Edens Edge and has played principal clarinet with Opera Ebony of Harlem. He has premiered new works for clarinet and mixed ensemble by numerous composers including Vuk Kulenovic, Alla Cohen, Ara Sarkissian, Vache Sharafyan, Pamela Watson, John McDonald, John Morrison, Pamela Marshall, David Owens and many others.
Sissie Siu Cohen • Saxophone
Sissie Siu Cohen, saxophone, began her studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She completed a Master's degree at New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory. She has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony, Wellesley Symphony, and she has been featured on a solo broadcast program for RTHK radio in Hong Kong. Ms. Siu Cohen is currently the orchestra manager for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and teaches in Concord, Carlisle, Belmont, and Dover-Sherborn.
Tony D'Aveni • Trumpet
Tony D'Aveni, trumpet, studied jazz at North Texas State University. He has studied improvisation with Jerry Bergonzi and John McNeil. He has made many recordings, and has performed with Dick Johnson, the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, White Heat Orchestra, Herb Pomeroy and many others, and has toured with Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, and Frankie Laine as featured soloist. Mr. D'Aveni currently teaches at Tahanto and Wachusett Regional High Schools. He has been on the faculty at MIT and Wellesley College.
Brian L. Diehl • Trombone
Brian L. Diehl, trombone, is a Boston-based trombonist and educator. A member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Diehl performs with orchestras throughout the New England area, including the Hartford Symphony, Portland Symphony, and Opera Boston. He has recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Pro Arte Orchestra. Mr. Diehl has performed with the Boston Symphony in Carnegie Hall, recorded with the Chicago Symphony under Solti's direction, and has been a featured soloist with the West Point Band, Florida West Coast Symphony, and Florida Brass Quintet. Additionally, he has performed with the Epic Brass Quintet and has toured and recorded with the New World Brass Quintet as a member of the New World Symphony. Mr. Diehl is on the faculty of University of Southern Maine where he conducts the Trombone Choir, as well as New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and has served on the faculty of the University of South Florida and Florida International University. He has presented master classes at many schools and colleges, including the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Diehl has adjudicated for several All-State festivals. He earned a Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory, where he became the first brass player to receive the prestigious Rabb Presidential Scholarship.
Alexei Doohovskoy • Trombone
Alexei Doohovskoy, trombone, is an active Boston area freelancer and private teacher. In addition to his teaching with IMSCC, he also serves as an instructor at Brown University, The Fenn School, and the Wellesley Public Schools. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and the Empire Brass Quintet. From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Doohovskoy was the co-principal trombonist of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where he worked closely with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and many other distinguished conductors and composers. Mr. Doohovskoy earned a B.A. from Brown University and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory.
Jason Felitto • Bass Guitar and Piano
Jason Felitto, bass guitar, string bass, piano, and keyboards, received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Janice Weber. His studies in New York include the Manhattan School of Music where he studied string bass with Linda McKnight. Mr. Felitto has performed with groups ranging from chamber music to progressive jazz and fusion, and is bandleader of the jazz and dance band Skyline Quintet.
Nune Hakobyan • Piano
Nune Hakobyan, piano, received her musical training in Armenia, earning a Master's degree in Piano Performance at Komitas State Conservatory and a B.M. at Tchaikovsky Music School. Locally, Ms. Hakobyan has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout the northeast. She is currently organist at St. James Armenian Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. She holds the position of vocal accompanist at Boston Conservatory, and is pianist with the Nashua Symphony. Ms. Hakobyan teaches privately at her home studio, and has taught piano in Yerevan, Armenia.
Chip Halt • Tuba
Chip Halt, tuba, received his musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Floyd Cooley of the San Francisco Symphony. An active performer the Boston area, he has played with many local orchestras, including Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Philharmonic, and Indian Hill Orchestras. Currently a member of the Claflin Hill Symphony and Summer Winds, he has also played with the Albany Symphony, Portland Symphony, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra and many others. As a member of the Epic Brass Quintet, Mr. Halt has made several recordings, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras across the country.
Susan Jackson • Flute
Susan Jackson, flute, earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Flute Performance at New England Conservatory where she studied with Fenwick Smith. Ms. Jackson was a three time finalist in Boston's prestigious Pappoutsakis flute competition, winning second prize in 1989. Susan has performed with several orchestras throughout New England including the Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and Central Massachusetts Symphony. She is currently principal flutist with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and Concord Orchestra where she has also been featured as a soloist. Ms. Jackson has been teaching with IMSCC since 1991.
Deanna Johnson • Flute
Deanna Johnson, flute, holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. As a performer in the Boston area, she is a recipient of Lincoln and Maynard Cultural Council grants. Ms. Johnson was the principal flutist with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, solo principal flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Iowa, and a member of the UNI Faculty Woodwind Quintet for many years. Other accomplishments include playing principal flute and piccolo in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, piccolo with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and live performances on KUNI and WGBH Radio. Ms. Johnson has held the following teaching positions: Instructor of Flute, University of Northern Iowa School of Music; Adjunct Instructor of Flute, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa; University of Wisconsin - Madison, Summer Music Clinic Flute Instructor. In addition to the IMSCC, Ms. Johnson currently teaches in the Lincoln and Hanscom after School Music Programs.
Rachel Juszczak • Bassoon
Rachel Juszczak, bassoon, is an active freelancer, chamber musician, and teacher. She has performed with Vermont Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Cape Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Lexington Symphony, Boston Opera Collaborative, Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, and other ensembles in the New England area. In addition to orchestral work, Rachel has been a finalist in both the Arriaga (Stamford, CT) and Coleman (Pasadena, CA) Chamber Music Competitions and has collaborated with local chamber groups including the Plymouth Symphony Wind Quintet, New England Chamber Players, and Atrium Winds.
Sargis Karapetyan • Violin and Viola
Sargis Karapetyan, violin and viola, received his musical training in Armenia, where he attended Komitas State University, earning a Master's degree in Music. He is currently concertmaster of the Nashua Symphony, and principal second violin with the Cape Symphony. He has performed solo recitals throughout the northeast, and has recorded performances for Yerevan radio and television in Armenia. He has also performed with Gelikon Opera Theater in Moscow, Arno Babajanian String Quartet and Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches at Clark University and Boston Conservatory.
Don Kirby • Percussion
Don Kirby, percussion, has been drumming for 51 years and has been teaching with IMSCC since 1983. Private study with mentors Ernest Pickford, William Jamsa, Stanley Spector, Alan Dawson, and Fred Buda were undertaken over a twelve year span. At 12 years old he auditioned for George Lawrence Stone and became a member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers. During his high school years in Leominster, he was three times chosen for MMEA Central Senior District and twice for MMEA All-State, once for band and once for orchestra. Mr. Kirby toured Europe after high school with the Concordia Wind Ensemble before enrolling in Berklee College of Music. Interests in all styles of drumming have led Mr. Kirby to a lifetime career in bands too numerous to list. He currently has an active recording and gig schedule, primarily with the Mark Marquis Group. His weekly teaching responsibilities include instruction of nearly 40 students here at IMSCC and at a private academy in Ashburnham, as well as a day in his home area in the valley of cultural fatigue.
Tobi-Ann Kocher • Flute
Tobi-Ann Kocher, flute, enjoys a successful career as a flute instructor in the metrowest area of Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Britton Johnson. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of a Rotary Club Scholastic Award which enabled her to continue studies abroad at the Conservatoire de Geneve in Switzerland with flutist Maxence Larrieu. Other mentors include Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Ransom Wilson and Bonita Boyd. In addition to a rigorous teaching schedule, Tobi-Ann enjoys orchestral playing and is an avid chamber musician. While living in Switzerland, she was principal flute with the Orchestre Symphonique Genevoix and taught flute at the Ecole International. She has been a member of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra since 1989, serves on its Board of Directors, and is the coordinator for the Longwood Chamber Players. She is often seen in and around the Boston area, performing with her flute and harp duo.
Phil Lauriat • Voice
Phil Lauriat, voice, is an artistic director, conductor, voice teacher and coach with more than 30 years of experience in the music industry. “Phil Lauriat is a terrific coach who makes it his goal to get the best sound from you,” said Monica Yunus, Metropolitan Opera.
As a voice teacher and vocal coach, Phil maintains studios in New York, Boston, and New Hampshire, with students ranging from motivated beginner to Metropolitan Opera artists. His students perform at a high level in opera, theater, and jazz, and even bluegrass singers and punk rockers have benefited from working with Phil on vocal technique. He studied voice with Ellen Repp in NYC, drama with James de Blasis in Cincinnati and New York, and conducting in Europe with Dr. Georg Tintner, a student of Felix Weingartner and noted Brucknerian. He also spent 20 years as an operatic tenor and baritone, amassing onstage experience that, combined with his extensive background as a stage director and conductor, brings real-world experience to his students.
As the Artistic Director of Granite State Opera from 1998 to 2009, Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony from 2004 to 2008, and frequent guest conductor with various orchestras and opera companies, Philip has conducted over 75 performances and received national and international critical acclaim from publications including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and OperaOnline. In concert, he led Frederica von Stade’s first performance of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and Patricia Racette’s first performance of Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915.
Debbie Levine • Clarinet
Debbie Levine, clarinet, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in performance at Boston University's School for the Arts, where she studied with Boston Symphony principal clarinetist Harold Wright. She has also studied with Boston Symphony clarinetist Peter Hadcock. She performs throughout the Boston area, appearing frequently with the Lyricum Woodwind Quintet. As a member of the Lyricum Quintet, Ms. Levine has premiered several works by local composers. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio. She has performed with the Experimental Theater Group at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and with the Music Theater Group in Lenox, Massachusetts. Ms. Levine has taught privately at the Winchester Community Music School, the Middlesex School, and Newton and Sudbury public schools. In addition to teaching with IMSCC, she is currently on the faculty at Concord Academy. Ms. Levine also serves as Program Coordinator for IMSCC.
Marian Levinstein • Cello
Marian Levinstein, began playing cello as a child. She has studied and performed ever since, studying with David Levinstein, Joan Esch, and Mischa Nieland. She has performed with many groups, including the Concord Orchestra, Savoyard Light Opera Company, and Klezmer Conservatory Band.
Mena Levit • Voice
Mena Levit, voice received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in vocal performance and pedagogy from Music and Theater Academy in Vilnius, Lithuania. As a soloist, she has successfully performed in world-class music theaters and concert halls in many parts of the world: Vilnius Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Theatre, New Israeli Opera, Off Broadway, to name a few. She has participated in International Music Festivals and Metropolitan Opera Master Classes led by world-renowned singers and directors including Franco Zeffirelli, Francesca Zambello, Sherrill Milnes, Martina Arroyo, Renata Scotto, Mignon Dunn. Ms. Levit has had her performances recorded on radio, television, and CD’s. She is an America-Israel Foundation winner, as well as an award winner for outstanding achievements in musical theatre in Israel. She is an active performer in the Boston area, travels extensively as a one-woman show singer-actress. Ms. Levit taught voice students at conservatories and musical colleges in Israel for 15 years. Currently she runs a vocal art studio in Wayland, Mass. Ms. Levit is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, StageSource, and the Actors’ Equity Association.
Ellen Michaud Martins • French Horn
Ellen Michaud Martins, French horn, received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Lowell College of Fine Arts, and a M.M. with distinction in Horn Performance from the New England Conservatory. She performs frequently with the Springfield Symphony, Boston Ballet orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Cantata Singers, and Portland Symphony, and appears with Dinosaur Annex and the Boston Festival Orchestra. She has performed six tours throughout Greece and Russia as soloist and member of the contemporary chamber ensemble Alea III. Ms. Michaud Martins is on the music faculty as horn professor, brass coordinator, and ensemble coordinator with the University of Massachusetts Lowell's department of music. She can be heard in orchestral and chamber music recordings on the Koch International, CRI, Titanic and Albany labels.
Christopher Noce • Saxophone
Christopher Noce, Saxophone, teaches bands in Concord, Massachusetts. Since joining Concord Public Schools in 2013, Christopher has added a fourth grade component to the band program, been awarded several grants for instructional technology and musical instruments and strengthened the connection between Concord Middle School and Concord-Carlisle High School. Christopher, along with his colleagues in Concord and Carlisle, started the Concord-Carlisle Summer Music Institute, an instrumental music camp for band and orchestra students in both towns. Most recently, the Concord Public School Band Program was awarded a grant for two new commissioned works for band by Tyler S. Grant, which were both premiered in June, 2016.
Christopher is a graduate of Boston University (M.M. in Music Education) and Berklee College of Music (B.M. in Music Education). He is an active member of MMEA, having served as assistant manager and manager of the Eastern District Junior Festival Jazz Band and Assistant Concert Coordinator for the MMEA All-State Festival and Concert. Most recently, Christopher served as All-State Concert Coordinator and as Assistant Coordinator for the Eastern District Senior Festival. He is currently serving as Chair-Elect for the MMEA Eastern District. Outside of his teaching, Christopher is a freelance woodwind player as well as a composer and performer of electronic music.
Ryan Noe • Trumpet
Ryan Noe, trumpet, is an in-demand trumpeter performing throughout New England. Currently he holds the position of Principal Trumpet for the Glens Falls Symphony and third trumpet for the Cape Ann Symphony. He has performed throughout the United States with groups such as the Castleton Festival Orchestra, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Alea III: Contemporary Music Ensemble, New England Brass Band, Symphony Nova, Marsh Chapel Collegium, MetroWest Opera Company, Boston Opera Collaborative, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Fiddlehead Theater Company, Ohio Light Opera, and the New Bedford Symphony. He performed as a semi-finalist for the Graduate Solo Division and Trumpet Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition. Dr. Noe is on faculty at Northeastern University and Northern Essex Community College, and is the brass department head for the Summer Music Institute at Northern Essex Community College. He previously held teaching positions at Boston University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Dr. Noe holds his Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University. His primary teachers include Terry Everson, Thomas Siders, Scott Thornburg, and William Lucas.
Yoon-Wha Roh • Piano
Yoon-Wha Roh, piano, made her debut with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea’s KBS Hall at the age of 15. Since then she has appeared as a soloist with prestigious orchestras including the Fort Worth Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia, New Jersey State Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center and Seoul National Symphony at KBS Hall, Korea. Ms. Roh has won a number of competitions including PianoTexas Concerto Competition, Hakata Fukuoka Piano Competition in Japan, Korea Piano Society Competition, National Youth Music Competition and Korea Music Association Competition in Seoul. She has been featured in Korean monthly music magazines, Eumak Journal and The Piano for her orchestra performances and interviews. A recent broadcast in Korea featured a performance by Ms. Roh of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra. She has given solo recitals at Seoul Arts Center IBK Hall, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Steinway Hall in New York and Beethoven/Schoenberg Piano Festival in Jordan Hall, Boston. Ms. Roh is a candidate for a Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University where she studied with Arnaldo Cohen, minoring in both Music Theory and Arts Administration. She currently teaches at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Continuing Education.
Jeremy Ronkin • French Horn
Jeremy Ronkin, French horn, holds music degrees from Memphis State and Northwestern University where he studied with Dale Clevenger. He has performed with many orchestras including IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Illinois Symphony; he has performed with the new music ensemble Noamnesia, and has recently returned form the North American Tour of Miss Saigon. Formerly on the faculty at the University of Memphis, Mr. Ronkin also currently teaches at Bellingham High School and Blackstone Millville Regional High School.
Timur Rubinshteyn • Percussion
Timur Rubinshteyn, percussion, holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Boston University. He teaches percussion at Boston College, Norwood High School, Coakley Middle School, Belmont Day School, and NEC Festival Youth Orchestra. Timur is principal timpanist of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Massachusetts Symphony, Thayer Symphony and Plymouth Philharmonic. He has also performed with Rhode Island Philharmonic and other regional orchestras.
Mr. Rubinshteyn completed Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, both with Academic Honors and Performance Distinction, at New England Conservatory, where he received the Zildjian Award for Excellence in the Art of Percussion. He was also a joint winner of the 2002 commencement solo competition (performing with the NEC Honors Orchestra), and one of two members of the graduating class awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for Extraordinary Contributions to the Life of New England Conservatory. His principal teachers were Frank Epstein and Timothy Genis of Boston Symphony, and Sergey Rizol of Kiev Opera. Timur attended Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Tanglewood Music Center, with orchestral performances led by Kurt Masur, James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, and other preeminent conductors.
Mr. Rubinshteyn worked previously at NEC as percussion coach and assistant conductor of the NEC Youth Symphony, and managed the orchestra’s tours of Italy, Greece, and Costa Rica. He also coached percussion and performed in Walnut Hill School’s Lincoln Center Gala in New York
Dennis Shafer • Saxophone
Dennis Shafer, saxophone, enjoys a career dedicated equally to performance and teaching artistry. As a performer he is based both in Boston and New York City. In Boston he directs the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, which hosts salons in venues such as the OUTPOST 186 and 263 Gallery in Cambridge. As a saxophone soloist, Dennis has performed concertos in Boston's Jordan Hall, NYC's Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, and has performed solo tours around the world in Paris, Bangkok, Hawaii, Budapest, Scotland, and many other international venues.
Dennis has a passion for and dedication to teaching and has had students win numberous state and city contests. His students have performed in Harvard Square, Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dennis loves organizing performances and playing with his students. He also encourages his students to perform with one another, and his students inevitably discover musical and artistic pursuits that exceed their responsibilities in school ensembles.
Dennis has studied with several fine teachers of woodwind instruments, including saxophonists Kenneth Radnofsky (Boston), Jean-Michel Goury (Paris), and Vincent Gnojek (Kansas University); woodwind player/Soundpainter Etienne Rolin (Bordeaux), saxophonist/Soundpainter Walter Thompson (Sweden), and clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt (Brooklyn College.)
Matthew Small • Trumpet
Matthew Small, trumpet, earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004. He subsequently studied saxophone at the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt in France and completed a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory. He has appeared nationally as a soloist and chamber musician, at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and at the 2006 World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is an active performer in the Boston area, with a particular interest in contemporary music. His previous teaching positions include grade 7-12 instrumental music director in the St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin public schools, private woodwind instructor in the Arlington school district, and interim instructor of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Mr. Amon currently maintains his own studio of woodwind students in the Boston area and is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at Boston University.
Andrei Sobchenko • Saxophone
Andrei Sobchenko, saxophone, completed his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Performance at the Gnesin Institute of Music in Moscow, Russia and earned a Master of Music degree at Boston University. Mr. Sobchenko has appeared as a soloist and orchestral musician in Russia, France, Germany, and the U.S. In Russia he was principle saxophonist with the Russian Federation Concert Band, and played with major orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic and USSR State Symphony. As a soloist in the US, Mr. Sobchenko appeared on National Public Radio to premier a newly commissioned sonata for saxophone and piano by Pulitzer prize composer John Harbison. At the XI Congreso Mundial de Saxofon in September 1997, he premiered the trio for cello, saxophone, and piano "Mahler in Blue Light" by composer Larry Bell. Mr. Sobchenko's articles have been published in Saxophone Journal and in the Danish publication "Saxofonbladet." In the Boston area, he has performed with chamber ensembles as well as with the Longwood Symphony under the direction of Jonathan McPhee, and with the New England Philharmonic under the direction of Richard Pittman. In addition to instructing woodwinds at the Instrumental Music School of Concord and Carlisle, Andrei Sobchenko is also currently on the Music and Arts faculty at Austin Preparatory School.
Andrew Sorg • Trumpet
Andrew Sorg, trumpet completed his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Performance at the Gnesin Institute of Music in Moscow, Russia and is an active performer, composer, chamber musician and trumpet teacher in the Boston area. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Andrew is a proud member of two award winning ensembles, The Atlantic and Triton Brass Quintets. He has received awards at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Spedidum Prize at the International Lyon Chamber Music Competition, and was the grand prize winner at the New York City Brass Conference Brass Quintet Competition and nine international chamber competitions with the grammy nominated Atlantic Brass Quintet. He has also performed with the Paramount Brass, The Innovata Brass, Bala Brass, The Royal Brass Quintet, The Nashua Symphony Brass Quintet. Mr. Sorg has performed with various orchestras including the Boston Ballet, Iris Orchestra, Opera Boston, Opera North, Symphony NH, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Emmanuel Music of Boston, and was a soloist with Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Gardner Chamber Orchestra, The Vermont Symphony and the New Bedford Symphony. He has performed under some of the world's top conductors and made recordings with the Vermont Symphony, Vermont Symphony Brass Quintet and the Old South Brass Ensemble under Albany and Denouement Records.
As an educator Mr. Sorg holds teaching and residency positions at Boston College, the Boston Conservatory, and formerly Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, in addition to the Atlantic Brass Seminar in Boston. He has given master-classes at the Boston Conservatory, Calvin College, Tennessee Tech, University of Alabama, MIT, New England Conservatory, UMass Amherst and Juilliard. He has worked with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Boston Youth Orchestra. He is on the faculty at Boston College, the Powers Music School, Winchester Community Music School and the University of Connecticut. His students have won first chairs in Massachusetts the Eastern District Festival, as well as Central, Northeast, and Southeast Districts and All-State. Mr. Sorg’s students have participated in the All-Eastern Festival and gone on to some of the top music schools in the country.
As a composer, Andrew has written over 40 hip hop songs, released a hip hop album and two brass quintets. His brass quintet “Mental Disorders” was premiered by the Triton Brass Quintet in 2011 at MIT. It was also recently featured at the Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival for composers under 40.
Henry Tervo • Oboe
Henry Tervo, oboe, holds music degrees from New England Conservatory and UMass Lowell. As a freelance musician, Mr. Tervo has performed with many Boston area orchestras including the Boston Ballet, Boston Opera, Portland Symphony, and North Shore Music Theater. He has been a member of the music faculty at Indian Hill Music School, Gordon College, Powers Music School, and Acton-Boxborough and Lynn public schools.
Jason Yost • Guitar
Jason Yost, guitar, studied music at Berklee College of Music and earned a B.A. in Music at the University of New Hampshire. He is an active performer in the Boston area, versatile in many styles of music including funk, jazz, rock, blues, metal and hip hop. Jason has performed with many bands including Mighty Sam McClain, Sam Kininger Band, Bellamy Bros., Vitamin C, The Aaron Katz Band, and Headshaft. Jason has also performed with band members from The Trey Anastasio Band, John Scofield Band, Beyonce, Eric Benet, and Soulive. Jason has taught guitar in New Hampshire, at Hampton Academy Jr. High, Rye Jr. High, Winnacunnet High School, and Newmarket Jr. and Sr. High School. In addition to his teaching with IMSCC, he is currently on the faculty at the Brookline Music School.